Islamabad, April 13 (Kashmir Voice): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter held a protest demonstration in front of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, today. According to media sources, the protesters were holding banners and chanting slogans denouncing the human rights abuses being committed by the Indian troops in the occupied territory. They also expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. Addressing on the occasion, speakers strongly condemned the use of brute force by Indian forces in which four youth were martyred in Kulgam while hundreds were injured. Similarly, they said thousands have been arrested under the draconian law Public Safety Act (PSA). They said that India was using all brutal tactics to weaken the freedom sentiments of the Kashmiri people but would never succeed in its nefarious designs. They said the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs would not go waste and the Kashmiri people ongoing liberation movement would be taken to its logical conclusion at all costs. KASHMIR VOICE
London, April 13 (Kashmir Voice): General Secretary of Kashmir Tehreek Khawateen (KTK), Shamim Shawl, organised a meeting in London, today, where current situation of occupied Kashmir was discussed. According to media sources, the participants of the meeting also discussed preparations for Monday protest outside Westminster against atrocities in occupied Kashmir by the Indian troops. Women from all walks of life including Ms Bilqees Raja (PML-N), Ms Anjum Jarral (PPP), and Ms Riffat Mughal (PTI) participated in the meeting. The meeting was held in connection with the Commonwealth heads of state conference, which starts from Monday in London. The purpose of the meeting was to devise strategy to protest and raise voice for the Kashmir cause and against gross human rights violations committed by the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. The messages of Ms Aasiya Andrabi, Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat and Ms Zamruda Habib, the Chairperson of KTK, were conveyed to the participating ladies. In their messages they appealed to the women of the UK to support the peaceful demonstration to highlight the plight and sufferings of the people of occupied Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, April 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the voice for justice to Asifa, an 8-year-old girl who was gang-raped and murdered in Kathua area of Jammu, has started to come from across India and abroad.
According to media sources, the widespread response to the case has come after the police Crime Branch charge-sheet filed in a local court, revealed disturbing details of how the minor girl was abducted, drugged, gang-raped for seven days and killed inside a temple. The brutal incident, scripted to incite fear among the Muslims in Kathua, has become a prime issue within and outside India.
International newspapers such as Washington Post and New York Times criticised the Jammu lawyers’ protest to prevent filing of the charge-sheet in the court. People including politicians and sportsmen vented their anger on social media.
On micro-blogging website Twitter, a campaign with hashtag JusticeforAsifa has been started by Tweerati, demanding stern punishment to the accused. Politicians including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Jignesh Mehvani, and Sushma Swaraj took to the twitter and demanded justice for Asifa.
“@narendramodi ji, you tweeted in minutes, on the suicide of farmer Gajendra in rally. But it has been months, you haven’t spoken a word on 8 years old Asifa’s rape & murder, while BJP is wreaking mayhem in Jammu region. The whole country is shaken, but you,” Rahul Gandhi wrote on his twitter handle.
Dalit politician and Gujarat-based independent MLA posted,“Our great PM @narendramodi will sit on fast today. Hope he will do a fast for little Asifa whose brutal rape and murder was supported by Hindutva thugs like his own cadre. Hope he will also do upwaas for #Unnao rape survivor seeking justice from his bhai@myogiadityanath ka govt.” Sportsperson across India equally posted a flurry of tweets, condemning the incident and expressing shock over the protest by lawyers. Tennis star, Sania Mirza wrote, “Is this really the kind of country we want to be known as to the world today? If we can’t stand up now for this 8-year-old girl regardless of our gender, caste, colour or religion then we don’t stand for anything in this world… Not even humanity… Makes me sick to the stomach. Justice needs to be done… For the sake of keeping our faith in the judiciary and the system alive… I really hope and pray justice is done… And soon… #UnnaoHorror #UnnaoRapeCase.” Cricketer Gautam Gambhir reacted to the protest by lawyers and posted on his twitter handle, “Shame on those, especially the lawyers, who are challenging and obstructing Deepika Singh Rajawat, the counsel of our victimised daughter from Kathua.” Supporting the justice to Asifa, he posted, “Indian consciousness was raped in Unnao and then in Kathua. It’s now being murdered in corridors of our stinking systems. Come on ‘Mr System’, show us if you have the balls to punish the perpetrators, I challenge you.” Angry, ashamed and heartbroken is how the Indian film industry personalities described their feelings over Kathua rape and murder and demanded swift action against the perpetrators. Actress and noted blogger, Swara Bhaskar was first to react over the Kathua minor rape and murder. On her Facebook and Twitter handle she wrote, “An eight years old girl was gang-raped and murdered in a temple because she belonged to a Muslim tribe that Hindu rightwing goons wanted evicted from their area! #Kathua #India this is on us!!!! If in #Delhi pls join today #JusticeforAsifa”. Noted screenwriter, Javed Akhtar said it was high time that people came forward in support of women rights. “All those who wish justice for women should stand up and raise their voices against the rapists and their protectors in Unnao and Kathua,” he wrote. Actress Sonam Kapoor shared a news article on Kathua rape and murder and called out fake nationals and fake Hindus in her tweet. “Ashamed appalled and disgusted by fake nationals and fake Hindus. I cannot believe this is happening in my country,” she wrote. Actor-filmmaker, Farhan Akhtar pleaded, “Imagine what goes through the mind of an 8-year-old as she is drugged, held captive, gang-raped over days and then murdered. If you don’t feel her terror, you are not human. If you don’t demand Asifa get justice, you belong to nothing (sic).” Actor Raj Kumar Rao wrote, “This is beyond horrible. How can anyone in their right senses defend these monsters?#JusticeforAsifa#Justice for Humanity.” KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, April 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown continued in South and North Kashmir, today, against the killing of four civilians by Indian troops in Kulgam district. According to media sources, all shops and commercial establishments remained closed while traffic was off the road. Four civilians were killed after Indian troops opened fire on protesters in Khudwani area of Kulgam on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the puppet authorities continued to suspend internet services in Srinagar city and in South Kashmir areas besides suspending Banihal-Baramulla train service. The authorities had also imposed curfew-like restrictions in Srinagar to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the killings. Residents of Bhadarwah, Kishtwar and Ramban areas also observed complete shutdown against the killing of civilians in Kulgam. Reports said that shutdown affected normal life as the majority of the shops and business establishments and educational institutions remained shut. The shutdown call was given by Anjuman-e-Islamia Bhadarwah and Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, April 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the President of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference (JKMC), Merajuddin Soleh has condemned the Jammu lawyers for helping to save the rapists and murders of a minor girl, Aasifa Bano. According to media sources, Merajuddin Soleh in a statement issued in Srinagar said Hindu extremists have now become so bold that they were demolishing mosques and using temples for raping girls. He appealed to the United Nations and the international community to put pressure on India to stop human rights violations in the territory and settle the lingering Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, April 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Tasaduq Mufti, the so-called minister for tourism and brother of the puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, has denounced his own party for non-fulfilling its commitments. According to media sources, Tasaduq Mufti in a media interview in Srinagar said, “We (PDP) have ended up being partners in a crime (with BJP) that an entire generation of Kashmiris might have to pay with their blood”. He said, “I am not going to be quiet and act as if I am unmoved by the tragedy that is unfolding at ground level, just because I am part of the government. All lives matter. Lives of the people on both sides of ideological divide. I see nothing wrong in standing with the people to find a solution to the ongoing crisis”. Tasaduq said, “I do not wish to talk about tourism at a time when a mood of bereavement has filled the Kashmir valley…Tourism in Kashmir has suffered a huge setback whenever there is uprising because it is an industry for which peace is imperative. No one can risk his life and visit a place where he doesn’t get a sense of joy.” KASHMIR VOICE